First nurses and midwives begin their revalidation applications

5 February 2016

More than fifteen per cent of nurses and midwives in the first group to go through revalidation have already started their application, two months ahead of their deadline. Almost 2,500 nurses and midwives with an April revalidation date have logged into their online account and begun the process and more than 700 of these have already completed their revalidation applications. Every nurse and midwife on the 685,000-strong NMC register will be required to go through revalidation when they are due to renew their registration over the next three years.

More than 80 percent of those on the register have now signed up for an NMC Online account, which they will need to submit their application. The NMC is encouraging everyone to sign up as early as possible for an account, regardless of when they are due to revalidate. 

NMC Chief Executive and Registrar Jackie Smith said:

“It is excellent news that such an encouraging number of nurses and midwives from the first group to revalidate have already started their applications.

“This shows that they have a real motivation to get the process started, complete their revalidation applications successfully and on time, and continue to deliver high standards of care.

“Our pilot demonstrated that people really value their own revalidation, and want to get the process right. This latest data is further proof of the commitment of the nursing and midwifery professions.”

The NMC is supporting nurses and midwives through the revalidation process with a dedicated revalidation website that features new content such as case studies and films. The site has already attracted over 200,000 hits. A programme of emails for individual nurses and midwives is also underway with revalidation date reminders and supplementary information.

Marcela, a practice nurse from a GP surgery who was the first person to submit her revalidation application, said:

“You know now that every three years someone will be checking your progress. You can say to them, ‘How are you going to value me as a professional?' Revalidation is the best thing that could have happened to nurses.”



Notes for editors

1.   For media enquiries, please contact Hannah Schraer on 020 7681 5936 or email

2.  The Nursing and Midwifery Council exists to protect the public. We do this by ensuring that only those who meet our requirements are allowed to practise as a nurse or midwife in the UK. We take action if concerns are raised about whether a nurse or midwife is fit to practise.

3.   Revalidation builds on the previous Prep requirements, and is the process that all nurses and midwives will have to go through to allow them to maintain their registration with the NMC. It demonstrates nurses and midwives' continued ability to practise safely and effectively. For a step by step guide to revalidation see our dedicated website.

4.   Figures are based on the group of nurses and midwives with an April revalidation date: approx. 15,800 people.